Summary: Since 1995, Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) has been dedicated to providing Central Appalachia with clean rivers and streams. We adamantly believe clean water is vital to encourage healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities throughout the region. CVI’s main office is located in Tucker County, WV, surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest, two of the best state parks in the Mid-Atlantic, public land open for hunting and fishing, and a treasured network of hiking and biking trails.

Purpose: Reporting to Canaan Valley Institute’s Board of Directors, the executive director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for CVI’s staff, programs, and execution of its mission. The ED provides leadership and management to ensure high quality programmatic services, works with staff and the Board of Directors to bring in the necessary financial resources for programs and operations, and leads organizational planning. He/she will have responsibility for the intellectual and programmatic direction of the institution, and will promote our mission and activities to constituents, funders and the broader public.

Opportunity: An exciting opportunity exists for a passionate, dynamic person to take over this well-established organization with significant resources. In the coming year, the new ED will have the opportunity to reinvent and expand CVI’s mission to match his/her passion that may include issues such as clean water, locally sourced food, land-use planning, wastewater treatment and/or efforts to build sustainable economic development initiatives that help diversify the region’s economy. The new ED also will work with the Board to refine and implement a plan to expand the organization’s visibility and impact.

Essential Duties:

  1. Lead strategic planning for long-term sustainability to build a solid financial footing for the organization
  2. Manage transition of organization to new funding model based on strategic plan
  3. Develop and implement fundraising programs to support mission and projects
  4. Strengthen relationships with public agencies and private sector donors
  5. Oversee financial operations

Requirements: This position requires at least five years of management experience and the ability to motivate and lead an organization through a transitional period. The right candidate will need an entrepreneurial, inclusive spirit and global perspective to develop self-sustaining, mission oriented programs. Outstanding oral and written communication skills, a history of public advocacy including excellent public speaking skills will also be important. The best candidates will have a track record in attracting financial support from foundations, agencies, private corporations, and individuals and government sources.
Salary and Benefits: The position will require significant travel throughout the Central Appalachian region but will be based in CVI’s main office in Davis, WV. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. The position includes health, dental, and disability insurance, paid leave, 403B retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, AFLAC supplemental insurance, and health reimbursement account.

To Apply: For consideration, send cover letter, resume, and five references by 5:00pm EDT January 22, 2018 to:

Canaan Valley Institute is an equal opportunity employer.